What is the Staffordshire Hoard?

The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver treasure ever found. But its size is only one way in which it is extraordinary. Investigating the objects that make up the hoard reveals exceptional insights into Anglo-Saxon society in the 6th and 7th century AD – a time of profound change.

Craft Excellence

The Staffordshire Hoard is composed of small and incredibly fine objects, breath-taking in their beauty and minute detail. A very high level of craft skills was needed to construct the gold and silver objects and decorate them with garnets and other inlays and to create such complex and individual objects.

Kingship and Warfare

Not many members of Anglo-Saxon society had access to the valuable materials and skilled craftspeople needed to make the Staffordshire Hoard objects. The hoard objects are the possessions of Anglo-Saxons kings and princes, their royal households and warrior retinues.

Anglo-Saxon Style and Belief

The Staffordshire Hoard contains both Christian and pagan symbolism, and shows influences from many different times and places. Stylised animals, intricate geometric patterns and complex symbolism mean that every object carries coded meanings that would have been powerful and significant for their owners.